Lisa warms up for four nations half-marathon challenge
Super-fit runner and prolific fundraiser Lisa Cryer has spent the last four years competing in half-marathons and 10k events in aid of her favourite charity, Magic Moments for Autistic Children.
But this year she will take on her toughest challenge yet – running a quartet of half-marathons in four different countries: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
“I’ve had to step up my training,” said Lisa, “but I’m confident I can achieve this. It’s a bit more ambitious than what I usually do but I wanted to get involved in something a little different.”
Inspired by Paralympians
“In many ways I was inspired by our amazing Paralympic team last year but also I wanted to do it as a tribute to my late dad who was a great supporter of my running, of Magic Moments and, all the kids in the charity.”
Lisa, from Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire has been fundraising for more than 12 years, ever since her daughter Hope was diagnosed with autism in 2001.
“Magic Moments is a charity that supports the whole family. This includes supporting the siblings of sufferers as they can find it very difficult to deal with the issues that having an autistic sibling can bring,” she said.
Lisa’s tour begins in Scotland on April 14th with the Edinburgh Rock and Roll Half Marathon. In August she runs 13.1 miles in Dublin, before participating in the Great North Run in September. The last leg takes place in November when Lisa takes on a half marathon in Conwy, Wales.
Lisa is fundraising through MyDonate. She said: “MyDonate has been excellent. I have raised a lot more money because people can donate online easily, it’s free, and you do not have to chase people for their donations.”